Bees or not to bee?

How long has the debate been ongoing …. how long have the scientists been busy bees …. more importantly how long will the politicians procrastinate?

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Buglife on their website state appeal for a common sense approach and adoption of the Precautionary Principle, to quote part of a recent addition:

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been shown to cause adverse effects on pollinators including honeybees and other wild pollinators such as bumblebees. Numerous studies have been published in respected scientific journals such as Nature and Science but Governments have been accused of failing to act swiftly. A statement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it was impossible for them to vote either way in the meeting as they do not have all the evidence yet.

Look up Bayers letter as well they make interesting reading, the power of corporate lobby is well known but again to quote from Buglife’s web page :

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South-East England said “Bayer and Syngenta are looking increasingly desperate in their attempts to undermine the regulation of pesticides they produce. Unfortunately for them facts speak more loudly than all their corporate lobbying and the evidence in favour of banning Neonicotinoid use looks increasingly convincing”.

Hopefully readers of this blog will have already signed the 38 degrees petition, if not then look it up and sign?

Tomorrow will be too late ….

But perhaps the commercial chemical companies and their allies are developing a bee alternative just in case?  Conversely is it a ploy for higher food prices through commodity trading as well as a depauperate countryside?

 

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